Friday, April 1, 1994

L.A. Stories, Op. 50


Op. 50 L.A. STORIES
(April 1, 1994; Happy Music, 1994)
Eighteen Confrontations for Voices and Instruments
PRELUDE - This Why I Wonder
SAN FERNANDO HUB
INTERLUDE - Bozos and Ozone
BUSINESS AS USUAL
INTERLUDE - Bozos and Ozone
HELENA SUITE
POSTLUDE - Pretty Little Melody

Performances:

April 20, 2007
San Francisco Cabaret Opera
San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra
Old First Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, CA



April 26, 2007
Mark Alburger, Voices and Electronics
Diablo Valley College Duck Pond, Pleasant Hill, CA



March 10, 2008
Mark Alburger, Voices and Electronics
Idiolexicon Series
Boxcar Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Recording:

L.A. STORIES
(Complete Works, Volume 13)
PRELUDE - This Why I Wonder









SAN FERNANDO HUB
I. Fresno









II. Explosives









III. The Hell Out of Here









INTERLUDE - Bozos and Ozone









BUSINESS AS USUAL
IA. Torculus Man









IB. Six Friday Nights









IC. The Second Death









IIA. Caucasian Sketchbook









IIB. Business As Usual









IIC. Information Wanted









IIIA. You'll Drive It Out









IIIB. Buttonwillow









IIIC. Shane O'Donlan









INTERLUDE - Bozos and Ozone









HELENA SUITE
I. Beautiful Women









II. Single / Successful









III. It Will Be Fun









POSTLUDE - Pretty Little Melody









Found Texts:

Op. 50 L.A. STORIES

a. PRELUDE - This Why I Wonder

Ay-yi-yi-yi
This why I wonder
My song to be
I wish I were
My song to be
I wish I wish I wonder
I wonder why it will not come to me

1. SAN FERNANDO HUB

I. Fresno

Fresno!
Fresno! You're truck's fillin' up
Lancaster!
Put a raincoat on Mojave
Who forgot about Ridgecrest?

II. Explosives

Don't load explosives
It happened to me just the other day
The super said
ABC
Nitroglycerine
ABC
Dynamite and rockets
ABC
Grenades and flares

III. The Hell Out of Here

Break time! Break time!
This hub's goin' down in ten minutes
If you just happen to meet
Anybody down there who is working on the belt
They're likely to say
Watch out for mis-sorts
Bishop has gotta go
Let's get the hell out of here

b. INTERLUDE - Bozos and Ozone

Bozos and Ozone
Mr. Bush Zone and Ozone
Mr. Bush there you go again
There you go again Jack Kennedy
You're no Jack Kennedy
My dog Millie knows about more
Economics than these two
Bozos and Ozone Man
Mr. Bush Zone and Ozone Man

2. BUSINESS AS USUAL

IA. Torculus Man

Dot Dot
Stroke Stroke
He worked out everything just like a big equation
Clivus Podatus
He worked on difficult neumatical notation
Virgum Punctum
His students pondered out the knotty situation
Scandicus Climatus
They're each assigned a neume for total compilation
Porectus Torculus
I knew one
He was a Torculus Man

IB. Six Friday Nights

Went downstairs
Snuck some wine
Six Friday nights in the back end of a bottle
Wasted
You know we really were

IC. The Second Death

The Second Death is when
Everyone you know has died

IIA. Caucasian Sketchbook

Have you
Any other reason for wanting to work here
Other than your liking for beer?
We support our troops in the Gulf
Achtung! David Duke!

IIB. Business as Usual

To transform the world
To amplify the voices
That are rendered voiceless
By the dominant society
To inscribe with them
Their words and wisdom creating
Written records and then
Reading
Their words with one another
To provide a stage where
Women
Men and childen the elderly disenfranchised minorities and
Communities become protagonists in their own life
Stories
These are the intentions of participatory research
More than a methodology
Participatory research is a committed dialogue
For service and action among researchers and their communities
Researchers and communities
Come together in a mutual and
Rigorous exploration of their lives
Deeply respecting each other's ability to know
Believing that through the act of knowing
We can transform our
Reality

IIC. Information Wanted

Who decides a look a way you talk
Who decides a look a way you walk
Who decides a look a way you stalk

Information Wanted
$1000 Reward

Look a way
Management does nothing

Friday
April 20
An aggravated assault
Reported at Cal Poly
A female student was reported at

9:30
In Parking Lot A
The assailant strangled
The victim with a rope
And then he
Burned her with cigarettes

IIIA. You'll Drive It Out

Look
I brought it in Thursday
It's been Friday
Over the weekend
Now it's Tuesday
I think I better have it
Towed somewhere else

No, no, my friend!
You're gonna drive it out!

IIIB. Buttonwillow

It's just a truck
I need a crowbar
Dyin' on an L.A. freeway ain't my [i]dea[l] of havin' fun
Spent three days alone at sea
Three men died
Geography fantasy
Chaucer on video
Democrat
Meet you at the coffee shop
Yup

Ay-yi-yi-yi...

IIIC. Shane O'Donlan

Shane O'Donlan
Ranch Broker - Cropland
I gotta million acres ready to sell
412 Acres Located Here
Both Sides of the Freeway Frontage Galore
Junction of 580 and I-5
Freeway a Road Goes Under
Up to the Rest Stop
500 Acres
Irrigated Cropland
Gravel
This Is the Place

b. INTERLUDE - Bozos and Ozone....

3. HELENA SUITE

I. Beautiful Women

Beautiful Women Don't Go to Singles Bars
The truly beautiful woman
Who finds herself single
Does not go to single's bars
But she is out there
And she would love to meet that special man
If you are single successful and interested
In finding a special lady
In your life
Call Helena
Do not confuse this with a dating service
There are no embarassing videos
No silly questions
No awkward moments
For more than 25 years
Helena has been introducin thousands of singles
One by
One
Resulting in countless successful marriages
And she can do the same for you

II. Single, Successful

You're Single, Successful, and Interested
You have a good position
You want the best of life
You stay in shape
You dress nicely
You're in control
Why then when it comes to finding the love in your life that you leave it to chance and risk
Everythink
Including your health
Stop right now and call us
We'll put you in charge of the most important part of your life

III. It Will Be Fun

It Will Be Fun
We're heading to La Strada tonight
We'll make a big splash
No more moping at the party tonight
Come meet this fascinating lady
It will be oh so much fun tonight

Where Are All the Single Men?
Executives! Doctors!
Producers, too!
All attractive, every one
Professionals haven't the time
To find the women they
Want

c. POSTLUDE - Pretty Little Melody

All have fights in the noontime hour
All have rights in the doomtime hour
Pretty little melody gunned down gunned
Pretty little meldoy.